Brown Wants Bush's Heisman to Go to Young

By Frank Heinz
|  Tuesday, Sep 7, 2010  |  Updated 3:15 PM CDT
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Brown Wants Bush's Heisman to Go to Young

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USC might have been the team of the decade, but Vince Young and his 467 yards of total offense had something to say about that in the 2005 BCS title game in Pasadena. Just don't ask him to take the Wonderlic test.

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Should former USC running back Reggie Bush be forced to turn over his Heisman Trophy, UT head coach Mack Brown thinks the trophy should end up in the hands of Heisman runner-up and former Longhorns QB Vince Young.

Young was a runner-up in 2005 when Bush won the prestigious award.  That same year, the Longhorns and Trojans met in the National Championship game.  A game Texas won 41-38 after Young bolted for the end zone in the games final seconds.

With that in mind, Brown made a good case for his former quarterback on ESPN on Tuesday, but all analysts aren't so sure simply handing Young the trophy is the right thing to do.

On ESPN Tuesday, Skip Bayless, who thought Young should have had the Heisman initially, thought a better punishment for Bush would be to publicly shame him by forever leaving that year as blank in the Heisman record book.

This was all brought about by the revelation that Bush violated NCAA rules by receiving improper benefits during his Heisman-winning season.  According to an NCAA investigation, Bush, his mother and stepfather accepted thousands of dollars in cash and free housing while Bush was playing for USC beginning in December 2004. Bush and his family were also given an automobile, air travel, hotel lodging, transportation and other benefits, according to the NCAA's 67-page report.

As a result, the program was stripped  of all of its wins in which  Bush played, beginning in December 2004.

So far, the Heisman Trophy Trust has not determined if Bush will be forced to turn over the trophy.  If it is taken away, Bush will be the first player in the trophy's 75-year history to lose the trophy.

NBCLA.com's Jonathan Lloyd contributed to this article.

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